Programs and Training Offered in Frederick
Family Support Groups
- Family Support Groups are for family, caregivers, and others involved with individuals with mental illness. The support groups, lead by facilitators trained by NAMI, encourages full group participation. Support groups provide a confidential, caring atmosphere to share common experiences and assist in developing the skills for understanding and coping with mental illness. The support groups meet twice each month on the First Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Connection Support Group
- This support group is lead run by NAMI-trained peer facilitators living with mental illness for those who live with mental illness. This program focuses on allowing all participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe and confidential environment. NAMI Connection is not illness-specific and welcomes those who are struggling with all psychiatric diagnoses. Currently, this group is not.
- Offered several times a year by NAMI Frederick, NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
- NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there and can help facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower you to become advocates for your family member.
- Sign-up for our next Family to Family Class by using the link on our Home page.
2015-2016 Educational Lecture Series
- This year we will be scheduling several programs that cover topics of interest to families coping with mental illness. Programs on topics such as Mental Illness in Teens & Adolescents, How to deal with a Psychiatric Crisis, Estate Planning for Family Members with Special Needs and others. Speakers are experts and other professionals from local Mental Health Organizations and from organizations such as the National Institute on Mental Health. All programs are free and open to the general public. We will publish our 2015/16 Schedule in the next few months.